Borough of Mount Ephraim, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Mount Ephraim as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Financial management — See Ch. 25.
Purchasing, claims and payroll procedures — See Ch. 55.
Marriages and civil union ceremonies — See Ch. 253.
Taxation — See Ch. 389.
Land use fees — See Ch. 470, Art. III.
[Adopted 11-9-2004 by Ord. No. 730 (Ch. 6 of the 1973 Borough Code)]
A. 
The Borough Clerk and Municipal Court Administrator are hereby authorized and directed to, upon request, make copies of the following Borough records and to charge the applicant for said copies as follows:
B. 
Documents.
(1) 
Municipal Court discovery.
(a) 
All requests for discovery in matters pending in the Municipal Court shall be submitted through the Police Department with a copy to the Municipal Prosecutor.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(b) 
The following fees shall be payable by the requestor to the Borough of Mount Ephraim for the discovery provided:
[1] 
For each page: $0.05 per letter-size page or smaller, and $0.07 per legal-size page or larger.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[2] 
Actual postage for any discovery sent by mail.
[3] 
Twenty-five cents for the envelope for any discovery sent by mail.
[4] 
Photographs will be photocopied at the rates established herein. If requests are made for duplicate photographs, the actual cost of making the photographs shall be charged.
[5] 
Duplication of videotapes constitute an extraordinary duplication process and will be charged at the rate of $5 per videotape.
[6] 
On any item that cannot be photocopied on the Borough copy machine or not otherwise provided for in this schedule, the actual cost incurred in making the copy shall be charged.
(c) 
Where the discovery must be obtained from an entity other than the Borough of Mount Ephraim, e.g., another police department, the actual costs paid to the other entity shall be paid by the requestor.
(2) 
Police records. Automobile accident reports and other police reports:
[Amended 8-5-2010 by Ord. No. 10-10]
(a) 
The cost for the photocopying of police records shall be limited to the "actual cost" of copying such records, which means the per-page costs of paper and toner.
(b) 
For mailed accident reports (N.J.S.A. 39:4-131): $5.
(c) 
For each video or audio tape reproduction: $5.
(3) 
Miscellaneous Borough records. The cost for the photocopying of public records shall be limited to the "actual cost" of copying such records, which means the per-page costs of paper and toner.
[Amended 8-5-2010 by Ord. No. 10-10]
(4) 
Marriage license.
[Amended 10-24-2006 by Ord. No. 768-06]
(a) 
Issuance: $28.
(b) 
Certified copy: $15.
(5) 
Birth certificate, certified copy: $15.
[Amended 10-24-2006 by Ord. No. 768-06]
(6) 
Death certificate, certified copy: $15.
[Amended 10-24-2006 by Ord. No. 768-06]
(7) 
Burial permit: $5.
All fees received for said services shall be turned over to the Borough Treasurer for the use of the Borough of Mount Ephraim.
[Adopted during codification (upon enactment, adoption information will be inserted here)]
This article contains fees established by ordinance of the Board of Commissioners. Code sections which authorized fees are noted in each section of this article, where applicable.
The application fee for representation by the Public Defender in the Municipal Court is $50. (§ 17-4)
The annual license fees for the following alcoholic beverage licenses, as defined by the statutes of New Jersey, are as follows: (§ 85-6)
A. 
Plenary retail consumption license: $864 per annum.
B. 
Plenary retail distribution license: $1,080 per annum.
C. 
Club license: $150 per annum.
A. 
The annual license fees for places of amusement are as follows: (§ 90-7)
(1) 
For poolrooms, billiard parlors and bowling alleys: $10 per annum.
(2) 
For dance halls: $100 per annum.
B. 
The license fee for all coin-operated amusement devices shall be $200 for the first machine licensed and $50 for each additional machine licensed thereafter which will be operated at the same location. (§ 90-18)
[Amended 10-5-2017 by Ord. No. 12-17]
A. 
Dog license fees; late fee. (§ 94-1)
(1) 
Every person who shall own, keep or harbor any dog or dogs within the Borough of Mount Ephraim shall pay the Borough Clerk for the licensing of each dog the sum of $18, which charge shall be made up of the following components: $15.80 for Borough licensing and registration tag, and $1.20 for the State of New Jersey Pilot Clinic Fund.
(2) 
Additionally, for any dog of reproductive age which has not had its reproductive capacity permanently altered through spaying or neutering, there shall be an additional charge of $3 to be paid to the State of New Jersey Pilot Clinic Fund.
(3) 
Any person who was required to have their dog(s) licensed but failed to obtain or renew the license(s) on or before the date prescribed in § 94-2 of the Borough Code shall pay a late charge of $20; and if the license is not obtained by April 30, shall be subject to a summons to Municipal Court and liable for all fees including court costs.
B. 
Replacement of lost dog license tag. The fee for a substitute dog tag is $1. (§ 94-4)
C. 
Redemption of impounded dog. Any owner of a dog which has been seized by Borough officials shall, upon establishing ownership thereof to the satisfaction of the Borough Clerk, be entitled to reclaim or redeem such dog upon payment of the sum of $5. (§ 94-9)
A. 
The fee for the inspection and issuance of a certificate of continued occupancy shall be $120. (§ 121-6)
B. 
The fee for any and all reinspections for a certificate of continued occupancy shall be $25. (§ 121-6)
The fee schedules as established by the State of New Jersey pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code and its attendant administrative regulations are hereby established as the fee schedules for the Borough of Mount Ephraim for the Borough's building subcode fee schedule, plumbing subcode fee, electrical subcode fee, fee for demolition for the removal of a building or structures and fee for certificate of occupancy with the following exception: the minimum fee for all subcodes shall be $60. A copy of said fee schedules shall be available for public display in the Construction Code office of the Borough of Mount Ephraim, County of Camden and State of New Jersey. (§ 127-2)
[Amended 6-7-2018 by Ord. No. 04-18]
A. 
Permit fees. (§ 183-4)
Permit Type
Fee
Type I
$64
Type II
$258
Type III
$427
Type IV
$767
Type V
$1,773
B. 
Reports. The fee for a Fire Code status report shall be $90. (§ 183-4)
C. 
Inspection of non-life hazard uses. The inspection fees for non-life hazard uses and/or activities shall be as follows: (§ 183-5)
(1) 
Residential buildings with dwelling units not listed as life hazard by the New Jersey Bureau of Fire Safety, except one- or two-family owner-occupied units:
Unit Size
Fee
Rental properties-residential home
$103
1 to 3 units
$103
4 to 10 units
$188
11 to 20 units
$251
21 to 40 units
$304
Additional 20 units or less
$58
(2) 
Commercial or industrial use group includes all buildings not listed as life hazard by the New Jersey Bureau of Fire Safety. Each floor or story shall be calculated as separate areas for total building calculation.
Building Size
Fee
Building with or without attached dwelling units not in excess of 1,000 square feet
$90
Building with or without attached dwelling units in excess of 1,000 square feet not exceeding 3,000 square feet
$149
Buildings in excess of 3,000 square feet not exceeding 9,000 square feet
$188
Buildings in excess of 9,000 square feet not exceeding 15,000 square feet
$304
Buildings in excess of 15,000 square feet not exceeding 50,000 square feet
$412
Buildings in excess of 50,000 square feet not exceeding 100,000 square feet
$490
Buildings in excess of 100,000 square feet not exceeding 200,000 square feet
$844
Buildings in excess of 200,000 square feet not exceeding 300,000 square feet
$1,199
For each additional 100,000 square feet or part thereof
$380
D. 
Smoke detector inspections. Smoke detector inspections, to be conducted on all one- and two-family residential dwellings for resale being sold within our local L.E.A. shall be charged as follows: (§ 183-5)
(1) 
Request received 14 or more business days prior: $56.
(2) 
Request received 13 to eight business days prior: $64.
(3) 
Request received seven to four business days prior: $96.
(4) 
Request received three business days or less prior: $161.
The cost of labor associated with the cleanup from the release of hazardous materials shall be assessed in accordance with the following schedule: (§ 212-8)
A. 
Firefighter and other manpower: $25 per hour.
B. 
Fire apparatus: $100 per hour.
C. 
Other (equipment): $50 per hour.
A. 
Carnivals and similar entertainments as allowed pursuant to § 237-1. A permit therefor shall first have been obtained from the Borough Clerk upon payment of a fee of $1 for each such affair and/or event.
B. 
Auctions.
(1) 
The annual license fee is $500. (§ 237-5)
(2) 
In addition to the license fee, there shall be a fee of $10 for each concession or concessionaire for each night of operation. (§ 237-6)
A. 
The annual fee for a mercantile license shall be $50. (§ 241-17)
B. 
Late fees. A late fee of $25 will be assessed if the license fee is not received on or before February 28 of the subject year. A late fee of $50 will be assessed if the license fee is not received on or before March 31 of the subject year. (§ 241-17)
Persons seeking to be married or joined in civil union by the Mayor of the Borough of Mount Ephraim shall pay a fee of $150 for such services. (§ 253-2)
Every peddler, hawker, vendor, canvasser or solicitor shall pay a sum of $150 for an approved period of no more than 60 days, plus $10 to cover the cost of the permit. (§ 299-5)
A. 
Inspections. Failure to contact the inspector's office within 30 days of registration, or reregistration, to set up an inspection date will result in the issuance of a violation notice stating that an inspection must be scheduled within the next 20 days; an additional administrative fee of $50 will be assessed. (§ 319-7)
B. 
License fees. At the time of the filing of the registration form and prior to the issuance of a license, the owner or agent of the owner must pay a fee in accordance with the following: (§ 319-11)
(1) 
A registration fee of $85 per rental unit or single-family home, which shall be payable biennially.
(2) 
A biennial inspection fee of $25 per rental unit.
(3) 
Change in tenancy during the licensing period requires the issuance of a new license. Registration and inspection fees as outlined in Subsection B(1) and (2) above will be applicable.
(4) 
A reinspection fee of $25 per rental unit/per inspection shall be assessed for any reinspection conducted as a result of violations which require correction by the owner during the licensing period.
(5) 
If the owner of the property is a senior citizen who resides in a rental unit of the rental facility and rents out the remaining unit(s), and would otherwise qualify under the State of New Jersey property tax deduction pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:4-8.41, there shall be no fee.
(6) 
If any fee is not paid within 30 days of its due date, a late fee surcharge of $40 will be assessed.
A. 
Sewer connections.
(1) 
New structures. A charge of $400, payable in advance, shall be made for each permit for each connection with the sewage system; provided, however, that where a sewer main and house connection shall be installed and constructed by the Borough of Mount Ephraim and the cost thereof directed to be assessed against the property benefited thereby, the permit fee to be included as a part of such cost shall be $25. (§ 330-2)
(2) 
Existing structures. In the event that one connection fee has been paid on an existing lot or premises and said premises is rebuilt or is razed or torn down and a new one built in its stead, there shall be assessed and charged another connection fee of $200. However, a permit shall be required. In the event that said construction necessitates an additional or new connection into the sewer system, that shall be charged the regular fee of $400. (§ 330-3)
B. 
Residential and commercial sewer rates. Residential and commercial sewer rates for the calendar year following the effective date of this ordinance[1] shall be as follows: (§ 330-7)
Type of Property
Annual Charge
Single-family dwelling
$100
Apartment unit
$100
Additional apartment units (over 1)
$100
Gas or service stations or garages
$100
With car washing facilities
$200
Barbershops (whether part of a dwelling or not)
$100
Lodges or meeting halls
With bar
$100
Without bar
$50
Drive-in restaurants
$400
Fish markets
$300
Post offices
Up to 2 employees
$80
Each additional employee (whether part-time or full-time)
$20
Self service laundries (per machine)
$40
Unrecirculated air-conditioning units (per ton of rated capacity)
$25
Doctors', dentists' and podiatrists' offices (whether part of a dwelling or not)
$100
Retail and commercial establishments
Up to 2 employees
$100
Each additional employee (whether part-time or full-time)
$20
Taverns or taprooms (whether part of a dwelling or not)
$400
Business or professional offices (whether part of a dwelling or not)
Up to 2 employees (whether part-time or full-time)
$100
Each additional employee (whether part-time or full-time)
$20
Restaurants, luncheonettes, diners, etc.
1 seat to 25 seats
$200
26 seats to 50 seats
$300
51 seats to 75 seats
$400
76 seats to 100 seats
$500
Soda fountains (whether part of a dwelling or not)
$100
Drugstores
$200
Bakery or bakery distributing centers
$200
Motels, per unit
$100
With kitchenette
$100
Heavy industry and car washes
$300
Boardinghouses (up to 10 people)
$200
All other commercial buildings not otherwise set forth herein
Up to 2 employees
$100
Each additional employee (whether part-time or full-time)
$20
[1]
Editor's Note: "This ordinance" is a reference to Ord. No. 01-11, adopted 2-3-2011.
C. 
Reconnection fee. In the event of the nonpayment of the sewer charges for a period of 30 days, in addition to the late charges, the Board of Commissioners may cause the sewer connection to be disconnected following sufficient notice. Thereafter, the defaulting users may not again use the sewer facilities until after paying all arrearages plus new connection fee of $100. (§ 330-8)
[Amended 5-3-2018 by Ord. No. 02-18]
A. 
The fee for a driveway permit is $1.
B. 
Excavations.
(1) 
Application/permit fee.
(a) 
Up to three openings: $100 per opening.
(b) 
More than three openings: $250 for every 100 square yards of opening.
(2) 
Inspection escrow.
(a) 
Up to three openings:
[1] 
For a trench opening of 100 square yards or less: $300.
[2] 
For a trench opening of more than 100 square yards: $300 or 5% of the performance guarantee required by § 369-15D, whichever is greater.
(b) 
More than three openings: an initial deposit of $5,000; provided that the deposit amount shall be replenished up to $5,000 upon notice to the applicant/permittee that the escrow deposit has been reduced to less than $2,500.
A. 
The Tax Collector of the Borough of Mount Ephraim or other appropriate officer shall charge a fee of $25 for providing a certificate of tax sale redemption. (§ 389-9)
B. 
The Tax Collector of the Borough of Mount Ephraim, or other appropriate officer, shall charge a fee of $50 for providing a tax lien redemption calculation when it is the third or greater time that said calculation has been requested on the same lien. Said fee shall apply to each subsequent calculation requested on the same lien (N.J.S.A. 54:5-54). (§ 389-10)
C. 
The application fee for tax abatement for commercial and industrial improvements and construction shall be calculated as set forth in § 389-24, Application fee schedule.
A. 
The annual fee for one autocab or the first autocab owned and proposed to be operated by an applicant shall be $100. (§ 393-5)
B. 
For each autocab proposed to be operated by such applicant in excess of one autocab, an additional $25 shall be paid per year. (§ 393-5)
Fees for registration of vacant property. (§ 406-3)
A. 
The initial registration fee for each building shall be $500.
B. 
The fee for the first renewal is $1,500.
C. 
The fee for a second renewal is $3,000.
D. 
The fee for any subsequent renewal beyond the second renewal is $5,000.
See Chapter 470, Land Use Procedures, and Chapter 495, Site Plan Review.
See Chapter 470, Land Use Procedures, and Chapter 518, Subdivision of Land.
See Chapter 470, Land Use Procedures, and Chapter 525, Zoning.
Hall rentals. The rental fee for private party rentals of the Dougherty Senior Community Center shall be $50 per hour upon completion of an application and hold harmless agreement. All rules and regulations as on file in the office of the Borough Clerk shall be adhered to by all renters.
A. 
The fees for advertising in the Messenger shall be as follows:
(1) 
Mini display size: $45 per issue or $125 for three prepaid issues.
(2) 
Quarter-page size: $75 per issue or $210 for three prepaid issues.
B. 
All payments for advertising shall be payable to the Borough of Mount Ephraim.
C. 
Procedures for submission of ad content and advertising deadlines shall be established by the individual responsible for producing the Messenger.